What causes baldness?

We all lose hair on a daily basis and this is normal, but it becomes a problem when you lose excessive amounts leading to baldness. A thinning hairline is inevitable as you age and faced by both men and women, but there are some instances where hair loss and baldness happen suddenly, what causes this type of hair loss?


Genetics: You may have inherited the gene. If close family members have this condition it is most likely that you are suffering from genetic hair loss.

Trauma to the hair: Excessive styling involving tightly pulled hair, excessive treatments using harsh chemicals cause hair breakage and damage to the hair shaft causing hair to fall off.

Diseases: Thyroid disease leads to the deficiency of hormones that cause hair loss. Conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis damage hair follicles, which causes hair to fall. Medication used to treat certain diseases such as cancer also affect the hair.

Women tend to lose hair due to polycystic ovarian syndrome, after childbirth and during menopause due to the decrease in estrogen levels.

Poor diet: the deficiency of iron, vitamin B and Zinc.

Stress can alter the resting periods of hair growth resulting in sudden hair loss.